Earwax is impacted when it has built up in the ear canal to such a point that there are signs that something isn’t quite right. If left untreated, impacted earwax can cause fullness, pain, tinnitus, dizziness, or reduced hearing – all of which will subside after the wax is removed.
Most people do not need to do anything to remove ear wax beyond their daily shower routine. If your problem isn’t serious, but you do feel like you have earwax buildup, it is safe to gently clean the outside of your ears with a washcloth. You also can try putting a few drops of hydrogen peroxide, mineral oil, or glycerin in your ear to soften the wax and help it work its way out of the ear naturally. Do not place Q-tips or other items inside the ear canal itself. You can not only irritate, scratch, and cut the ear canal, but you can also push whatever wax has built up even deeper down the ear canal.
If you have excessive earwax, make an appointment to have it properly removed. Dr. Carter can remove earwax safely through one of three methods: irrigation, suction, or instrumentation.
The charge for cerumen management is $70.00 per visit.